bail·​ee bā-ˈlē How to pronounce bailee (audio)
: the person to whom personal property is bailed

Word History

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bailee was in 1528

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Cite this Entry

“Bailee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


bail·​ee bā-ˈlē How to pronounce bailee (audio)
: an individual or entity (as a business organization) having possession of another's personal property under a bailment

Note: Carriers and warehouses are two examples of bailees. A bailee's liability for loss or damage to property is determined by the terms of the bailment or the law of the jurisdiction.

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